The U.S. trailer for filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s new—and possibly final—Studio Ghibli film The Wind Rises has been released online. The movie centers on Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the Zero Fighter used by Japanese pilots in World War II, and examines the Japan’s turbulent first half of the 20th century as the country struggled through an earthquake and economic fallout. The pic screened at the Toronto International Film Festival to a relatively positive response, but our own Matt Goldberg was disappointed in the picture, calling it Miyazaki’s weakest film in his review. This dialogue-less trailer highlights the film’s gorgeous animation while flanked by positive pull-quotes from the TIFF reviews, and fans of Miyazaki’s work will surely be interested to see what his farewell picture entails.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film will open in U.S. theaters on February 21st in limited release, expanding in the following weeks.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Wind Rises:
In “The Wind Rises,” Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events, including the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the Great Depression, the tuberculosis epidemic and Japan’s plunge into war. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. Writer and director Hayao Miyazaki pays tribute to engineer Jiro Horikoshi and author Tatsuo Hori in this epic tale of love, perseverance, and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world.